Zaha can help Crystal Palace avoid relegation, says Steve Coppell

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The Eagles sit rock bottom of the English topflight log but the tactician believes with the winger fit, the team stand a chance of beating the drop

Former Crystal Palace manager Steve Coppell believes Wilfried Zaha can help the club retain their English Premier League status.

The Eagles have had a torrid start to the season, becoming the first team in English football history to lose their first seven league games of the season without scoring a single goal.

But the Cote d'Ivoire international’s return from a knee injury he suffered on the opening day of the season has breathed new life into the Selhurst Park outfit,.

He netted the winner in their 2-1 win against Chelsea to give them their first points of the season and scored a 97th-minute leveller in Saturday's 2-2 draw against West Ham.

And the former Manchester City handler opined that a fully fit Zaha will be instrumental in helping Palace escape relegation, coupled with the experience of Hodgson.

"It's a big hole they've created for whatever reason," he told ESPN.

"Now, Roy has come in, and he is very, very solid. He knows his football.

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"A critical component of Crystal Palace doing well is Zaha, as he has proven since he came back into the team.

“The team won against Chelsea and picked up a point on Saturday because of his goal.

"He has got to remain fit and with the organisation that Roy will bring, the team will have a chance."

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